Two major local landfills - one private, the other operated by the county - are within months of finishing new power plants that will take harmful methane gas created by the decomposition of garbage and convert it into electricity.
The plant at privately owned Forward Landfill, a San Joaquin Partnership Investor, southeast of Stockton will have a capacity of greater than 4.3 megawatts, enough to power about 4,380 average homes at any one time.
The other plant, at the county's Foothill Landfill near Linden, weighs in at 3.5 megawatts - roughly enough to power a city the size of Lathrop.
The projects were described as helping planet and pocketbook.
"Certainly, from an environmental perspective, we want to make sure we capture all the methane and use it in a resourceful way," said Kevin Basso, general manager of landfill owner Allied Waste. "And it makes sense economically."